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Pain in Fish: Should This Influence How We Handle and Harvest Them?

Victoria Braithwaite is Professor of Fisheries and Biology at Penn State University and Visiting Professor in Marine Biology at the University of Bergen, Norway. Victoria’s research focuses on developing behavioral and neurobiological measures for the assessment of animal cognition. Much of her recent work has been addressing whether fish are capable of suffering from pain.
When Jan 23, 2012
from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Where Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library
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VICTORIA BRAITHWAITE

Professor of Fisheries and Biology, Penn State

Victoria Braithwaite is Professor of Fisheries and Biology at Penn State University and Visiting Professor in Marine Biology at the University of Bergen, Norway. Victoria’s research focuses on developing behavioral and neurobiological measures for the assessment of animal cognition. Much of her recent work has been addressing whether fish are capable of suffering from pain.

"Pain in Fish: Should This Influence How We Handle and Harvest Them?"

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The lecture will start by highlighting the evidence for pain in fish and how this fits within existing animal welfare frameworks. It will consider the different ways we use and interact with fish; from recreational fishing to commercial aquaculture and fishing at sea. Current harvesting practices have been developed with little thought for the potential for fish suffering, yet there are ways in which we could more humanely kill and process the fish we consume. The ethical implications that fish feel pain and whether this should influence our responsibilities towards these creatures will be discussed.